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Prince Harry ‘addicted to Twitter’ and fighting media ‘before he met Meghan’

Rumours over an addiction to social media have circled Prince Harry after a new book alleges he was "addicted to Twitter" and fighting the media.

The claim that Harry was unable to rid himself of the social media app also came "long before he met Meghan", according to royal expert Valentine Low.

Their latest book, Courtiers: the Hidden Power Behind the Crown, alleged that the Duke of Sussex was dealing with social media and fighting against it long before he met wife Meghan Markle.

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It appeared that his "sense of frustration" and "mistrust of palace courtiers" spurned from his time online, and it got worse upon Meghan's arrival.

Writing in his book, Low states: "Harry’s obsession with the media, his sense of frustration, mistrust of palace courtiers and the constant loyalty tests of his own staff were all there before Meghan.

"But after Meghan turned up, it got significantly worse. Even before Meghan came on the scene, Harry’s grievances with the media, especially the tabloid press, could lead to tensions with his staff.

"One insider recalls: 'He was always messaging, making phone calls. It was nonstop. There were constant battles with the media and expecting the team to be on your side…'

"'He was always on Twitter. You then had to be on everything too. Every minor infraction was a big deal.'"

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It appears that insiders were infuriated that Harry was spending his time on social media, worrying about his use of the phrase 'palace syndrome'.

The insider added: "Giving in to the media was a key symptom of whether you had developed it. It was a constant test of loyalty: 'Are you going to protect me? Or have you just become one of them, who won’t fight for me?' It was exhausting."

Harry is said to have accused his staff of being "institutionalised" by The Firm, with frustrations between Harry and his own team at Kensington Palace.

Another insider said: "He definitely had mistrust of the courtiers at Buckingham Palace and his father’s palace."

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